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Silicon Beach

Coordinates: 33°58′35″N 118°27′04″W / 33.9764°N 118.4512°W / 33.9764; -118.4512
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Silicon Beach is the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to more than 500 technology companies, including startups. It is particularly applied to the coastal strip from Los Angeles International Airport north to the Santa Monica Mountains,[1] but the term may be applied loosely or colloquially to most anywhere in the Los Angeles Basin. Startups seeded here include Snapchat[2] and Tinder. Major technology companies that opened offices in the region including Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Facebook, Salesforce, AOL, Electronic Arts, Sony, EdgeCast Networks, MySpace, Amazon.com, Apple, Inc., and Netflix.[3] By some 2012 metrics, the region was the second or third-most prominent technology hub in the world.[4][5] In the first six months of 2013, 94 new start-ups in Silicon Beach raised over $500 million in funding, and there were nine acquisitions.[6]

The area offers relatively easy access to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), the biggest and most connected airport in western North America.[7]

As in the San Francisco Bay Area, the influx of technology companies has boosted home and office rents and real estate prices in Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Santa Monica, and Venice, already high previously due to beachfront location. The effects are also spilling over into Marina del Rey and Hermosa Beach.[8]

Start-up pockets have also emerged in nearby Culver City, West L.A., and El Segundo.[9] Other pockets include Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Glendale, and the San Fernando Valley.[10][11] The tendency of companies to congregate in these centrally-located, high income areas has raised concerns[12] about the feasibility of racial minorities joining the workforce, as they tend to live in further outlying areas.[13]

Silicon Beach is also home to start-up incubators and accelerators, such as Amplify.LA, Science, Disney Accelerator, and TechStars Cedars Sinai.[14]

The Los Angeles metro area was home to 88,000 engineers in 2021, the highest number of any metro area in the United States.[15][16] Higher education institutions in Los Angeles County graduate 6,600 engineering majors a year, the highest of any county in the United States.[17]

Higher education institutions headquartered in Silicon Beach include Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design.[18] Other higher education institutions in the nearby Southern California region or with satellite campuses in/nearby Silicon Beach include: Pepperdine University, Santa Monica College, Art Center College of Design, California Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Occidental College, Cal State L. A., Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal Poly Pomona, and the Claremont Colleges.

List of technology companies based in Silicon Beach[edit]

Company Year founded Industry Valuation
Abstract 2020 Govtech
AdColony 2011 Adtech Acquired by Opera for $350 million[19]
Age of Learning 2007 Education
Bitium 2012 Cloud Computing Acquired by Google for an unknown amount[20]
Branded Online 2010 Ecommerce & Online Marketing Agency
Cornerstone OnDemand 1992 Cloud
Distillery 2008 Mobile Application Development, UX/UI
Dollar Shave Club 2011 Consumer packaged goods Acquired by Unilever for $1 billion[21]
Eaze 2014 Cannabis
Enplug 2012 Software $2.5 million[22][23]
Fair 2016 Automotive, Fintech
Falcon Computing Solutions 2014 High Performance Computing, FPGA acceleration - tools and solutions
Flexport 2013 Digital Freight Forwarding
FloQast 2013 Accounting Software
Flustr 2019 Consumer Tech, Entertainment
Fullscreen 2011 Digital Media
Gnarbox 2014 Consumer electronics
GOAT 2015 e-commerce, Fashion (sneakers)
Headspace 2010 Health
HelenHealth (ZB Technologies, Inc.) 2016 Digital Health
The Honest Company 2012 e-commerce
Honey 2012 Cashback website, online coupons Acquired by PayPal in 2020 for $4 billion[24][25][26]
Hulu 2007 Television Streaming Services $15.8 billion[27]
Hyperloop One 2014 Transportation
LegalZoom 1999 Legal
Libermans Co 2021 Investments $400 million
MatchCraft 1998 Digital Marketing Platform Technology & Services
MuteSix 2014 Performance Marketing Agency
Nasty Gal 2006 Retail Unknown - Chapter 11[28]
Oculus VR 2012 Virtual reality Acquired by Facebook, Inc. in 2014 for $2 billion[29]
Onestop Internet 2004 Full Service Ecommerce Agency
Ring 2012 Home Security Devices Acquired by Amazon for $1 billion[30]
Riot Games 2006 Video Games
Science 37 2014 Medical technology
Scopely 2011 Video Games $1.7 billion[31]
ServiceTitan 2012 Software technology platform $8.3 billion[32]
Snail Games 2000 Video Games
Snap Inc. 2011 Social media $23 billion[33]
Swagbucks 2007 Digital Rewards & Cash Back
Tala 2011 Fintech
Thrive Market 2013 e-commerce
TI Health 2010 Data and Analytics, Healthcare Digital Marketing
TigerConnect 2010 Messaging, Text Analytics, Communications Infrastructure $625 million[34]
Tinder 2012 Social Media
TrueCar 2005 Automotive websites $1.65 billion[35]
Wag 2014 Pets
WebJoint[36] 2014 Cannabis
Whisper 2012 Social media
Wpromote 2001 Digital Marketing Agency
.xyz 2014 Internet Domain Registry
ZestFinance 2009 Fintech
ZipRecruiter 2010 Hiring

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